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Is she talking about him?

Marieke Hardy says on the Drum un-leashed :


Marieke Hardy

Certainly there’s an element of showoffy dick-swinging amongst the internet community, with each published tweet at times being the equivalent of that one goofy kid with the overbite and beanie who appears behind every single weatherman ever on live news bulletins** (Look! There’s me! On the telly!). Tweeps celebrate when their work appears on screen, bemoan others who get there first with a less-interesting joke and scheme to make themselves more visible/amusing/first the following week.

Which I read just after looking at our learned friend’s post about getting one of his tweets on to the Q&A screen :

Well, if I can't get any questions or comments about things that actually matter up there, I suppose I'll have to be satisfied with the image of Howard's mouthing off to the nation overlaid with my insult. Better than nothing, I suppose. (a learned friend)

I’ll leave the association between the two to the imagination of our readers
Cheers Comrades

Dr Jason Wilson would have you believe that pretending to to be Andrew Bolt is fine.

In his opinion piece at “The Drum” Dr Jason Wilson mounts a spirited defence of  the person who has been pretending to be Andrew Bolt on Twitter.

The reason it occasionally antagonises the targets is that mockery is an effective tool for blunting a message, and eating away at the sender’s credibility. Parody accounts for opinion journalists like Bolt embody recognition that they are, or have been significant political actors. With Bolt, it’s probably also a sign of how large he has tended to loom in online political discussion. Bolt’s parodist has, admittedly, a relatively sharp edge compared to say, Penny Wong’s. This faker is suggesting that ultimately Bolt’s positions are irrational. He also critiques Bolt’s position by showing up how predictable, even formulaic, Bolt’s schtick is. The occasional, imagined vignette of life at the Herald and Weekly Times, or his home life are simply ridicule, and we might ask questions about whether that’s effective or not as political parody. Having said all of that, it’s interesting that the faker – at least according to my interview – attributes little or no political significance to what he does.

Jason Wilson

I found out about this business via twitter and I had this discussion with Jason Wilson on twitter:

Ok I’ll Give Dr Jason Wilson some credit  for admitting that there are some limits to behaviour on the internet but I think that he is actually far too much in love with the twitter and other social networking platforms to appreciate their implications to the wider world.

To explore this issue I went to his “interview ” with the author of the fake Andrew Bolt Tweets  where he says:

There’s a lot to say about parodying prominent journos – I’ll just offer a few brief thoughts. Parody accounts for opinion journalists embody a recognition that they are, or have been significant political actors. (Certainly, during the years of the previous Howard government, Mr Bolt appeared to have a degree of influence in Canberra beyond that we’d normally associate with a commentator or analyst.) With Bolt, it’s also a sign of how large he looms in online political discussion.

But the parody here has an edge that’s perhaps a little sharper than last week’s example. This faker is suggesting that ultimately Bolt’s positions are irrational. He also critiques Bolt’s position by showing up how predictable, even formulaic, Bolt’s schtick is. The occasional, imagined vignette of life at the Herald and Weekly Times, or his home life are simply ridicule, and we might ask questions about whether that’s effective or not as political parody. Having said all of that, it’s interesting that the faker in this case considers that his parody has little or no political significance.

Jason Wilson

Considering this and my twitter conversation with the good Doctor It occurred to me that his whole defence of fakes on twitter really hangs on one thing and that is that they be recognisable as obvious parodies. One of the terms of service with Twitter is that you are not allowed to imitate other people and I myself have had to complain about someone (it turned out to be Damian Doyle) pretending to be me on twitter This why they require that fakes be clearly labelled. From the interview and the user name, and photograph its clear that the Fake has not been doing this.

I had noticed this paragraph in his introduction:

Anyway, I’ll analyse it more in the paper, and leave you to draw your own conclusions, for now, from the interview with Andrew Bolt’s creator, who gives his name as John Winston*. Once again, comments are welcome.

Jason Wilson

Of course once I saw that pseudonym I knew at once who is responsible It is the very same idiot who thought it was so much fun to go around the internet posting comments in my name check the link if you want to see his spotty visage.

But when I read this exchange  I could not help but to think that Dr Wilson is being less than frank about his knowledge the history or John Winston/Surname. So I sent him an Email to query this aspect of the story :

I wont publish the text of his response(without his specific consent) but the gist of it is that he is claiming to have a sort of  journalistic responsibility to “protect his sources” which is a rather strange response from someone who told me in one of those tweets:

There is an obvious contradiction here If he has no idea who the author of the fake Andrew Bolt is then why should he need to protect his sources? As an academic he has an obligation to full disclosure when he writes about and that has to include the fact that he knows that when the person he is interviewing is not being honest because this question and answer  from Wilson’s interview is just such obvious bullshit and the good Doctor must have know it to be so:

Q Do you publish elsewhere, either in or out of character?

A Nope.

Jason Wilson

He just lets this through to the keeper and does not challenge the lie. Surely as someone who is regularly called  as an expert on twitter by the ABC he has a duty to the truth? To do as any journalist does and ask the harder questions rather than just being all pally with the “sources” because he shares their political position and mutual friends. there is also a clear conflict of interest in Jason Wilson citing people he knows, no matter how casually, in his research with out disclosing that fact. He does not have to reveal their identities but pretending that they are unknown to him when the facts suggests otherwise is something that should be acknowledged.

One of the things The good doctor suggested  in his response to my email was that I contact the creator of the Fake Andrew Bolt via twitter  Which I did by posting this tweet.

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And I have thus far received no response. So I thought that I would post comments linking to the same picture at the pure  Pure Poison post about the issue:

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and I likewise posed the question at the Crikey piece authored by the Fake Andrew Bolt

Strangely “Tobias Ziegler”  at PP edited my comment completely out of existence and at the Fake Bolt authored Crikey piece My comment has twice been deleted without explanation, Anyone would think that Crikey has a vested interest in protecting someone 🙄 .

There is nothing wrong at all with wanting to protect one’s sources in research about social phenomena like Twitter but an academic has an obligation to be honest about the sources they use and if it is someone that they know then they should disclose that fact. By the same token If they know that something they are told is a flat out lie like the denial in the good Doctor’s interview piece that “John Winston” has written elsewhere on the net under different names then academic rigour should require that the lie does not go unquestioned.

Perhaps those who want to “research” this medium should have just a little more detachment from their topic rather than just being a fan boy who has managed to find a way to make a living out his love of social networking.

Cheers Comrades


* My Bold

The horror of #Foetal Twitter Syndrome

Here at the Sandpit we are rather critical of Twitter, for its inanity and the way that its streams make no sense. However we do recognise that for some people using twitter is rather like a form of electronic substance abuse. And like the over use of alcohol causes Foetal alcohol syndrome I think that the next disease that should concern us is Foetal Twitter Syndrome

The Kickbee was created by New York interaction designer and applications developer Corey Menscher, when his own wife was expecting. It contains piezioelectric vibration sensors, which emit small but detectable voltages when triggered by in-belly activity. An onboard microcontroller analyzes those electrical signals, then transmits the data to a computer via Bluetooth. A Java app on that computer analyzes the sensor values, and selects an appropriate Twitter text message based on what Junior is apparently up to. The resultant tweets can be sent to mobile phones anywhere in the world, or saved as an archive for monitoring the health of the fetus… that, or perhaps for later “Look what you put me through!” usage.

Presumably, the system is able to tell the difference between kicks and intestinal gas.

The symptoms of this terrible condition are a stunted communication ability which finds the poor victims unable to utter any sentence longer than one hundred and forty characters, a compulsive attraction to mobile telephonic devices, and an impossibly short attention span.
There is no known cure
The best thing just has to be prevention If you know a young twitter addict who is pregnant it is vital that you contact your local heath authorities so that an intervention can be arranged before they start abusing the unborn child with a device like the one in this article. By the time that the start mainlining the child on these sorts of devices the next horrid step is a series of tweets like these:

@mum Titty now!!
@mum Oh poo #nappyrash
@mum Wiggles Now#wakeupjeff

Please give generously to end this horrid condition
Cheers Comrades

Hands free tweeting needed by amateur road condition reporters now!!

While the ability to receive tweets and to have them read out by your car will be welcomed by the many addicts of this media.The real need for these poor slaves of the electronic narcotic is the ability to compose and send hands free while they are at the wheel.

It is against the law to tweet while driving.

Hands-free tweeting is coming to Britain. New technology being fitted to some Ford cars will give drivers Twitter updates read out loud to them robotically while they’re driving. Future versions will enable drivers to dictate their own tweets via a voice recognition system without taking their hands off the wheel.

The system, already in the American Ford Fiesta, also reads out text messages received on drivers’ smartphones, and is expected to be fitted to the Focus in Britain next year and then rolled out across the range.

Without that capability there will continue to be an ongoing shadow over anyone who tweets traffic reports on a long drive from say Geelong to Melbourne, that complain about the awful traffic and then  insist that they did pull over to compose and send every traffic report…
Cheers Comrades

Holy Tweets #Jesus #God bothering #second coming

This is a great sign which suggets a very serious question

Many twitter enthusiasts out there seem to think that the inanity to which they are so devoted has some sort of special status and that what is said on Twitter should be privileged and not expected to matter in the wider world….

Would a returned Christ take up the habit? Or would he be inclined to chose another way to announce his return?

How could any religious message be reduced to 140  characters (including spaces) and still be meaningful?

Examples in the comments please.

Cheers Comrades


“intellectual dishonesty, the flimsy arguments and the distorted data”

Picture courtesy of Ray Dixon( click to see his post about this)

The age of consent in this country is 16 and anyone who has sex with a child under that age is committing one of our most seriously abhorrent crimes. It is just as abhorrent to suggest  having sex with a child. It is not even something that we make jokes about in private. Yet for some of the “anything goes”  left publishing a “joke” about Bindi Irwin should not have been a sacking offence. when I tried to post this comment:Guess what appeared in its place?

well it was this:

I just have to ask my learned friend just how the comment I submitted qualifies as speculation about anyone’s off line activity? Offensive or otherwise?  I mention no names I make no accusations of any wrong doing , heck I don’t even mention the sipping of Lattes . I accept that any site can accept or reject comments at their discretion but to do what Jeremy Sear  has done here (which misrepresents the content of my rejected comment ) is just flat out dishonest in the way that it characterizes  the comment that I posted. The blog in question has this rather noble mission statement at the top right hand side of its page:

There is the sheer hypocrisy of claiming to be about exposing “intellectual dishonesty, the flimsy arguments and the distorted data” whilst doing precisely that in the way that he manages the comments to his postings beggars belief.

Disgusted Comrades

But sadly not surprised 😦

Latte sippers™ MUST subscribe to #@chavezcandaga

While I have presence on twitter it is really only a token effort, made originally to explore the medium and I have concluded that it is a load of cobblers,  good only for wasting time . After all we really don’t need to know about how often a tram driver masturbates or takes a dump now do we? There are how ever quite a few enthusiasts for this inanity and surprise surprise many of them are rabid leftists who are hooked on to the unending stream of phatic nonsense that is twitter. They are going to be coming in their pants (and tweeting about it) with the news they their hero Hugo Chavez is now on twitter.

Now on Twitter

“Hi, how’s it going? Here I am, just like I said I would be, at midnight,” read the firebrand leader’s first post shortly after the stroke of 12am local time, received by some 36,000 people who follow his site.

“I’m going to Brazil,” he Tweeted.

“I’m very happy to work on behalf of Venezuela,” he said alluding to a brief summit he had planned later today with Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Mr Chavez posted his first tweet under the profile @chavezcandaga, which roughly translated from colloquial Venezuelan dialect, means “wild” or “naughty” Chavez.

The Venezuelan leader in the past has railed against domination of online social networking sites by the capitalist world, and has said he now intends to reclaim the medium for partisans of the left.

The irony is that most of the latte sippers who indulge in this electronic vice do a very good job of enriching the telcos by their streams of nonsense on those hand held devices. Ah well their hero Hugo will set them on the right path to socialist nirvana but being from “the west” our coffee loving friends are going to have some very serious lessons in self loathing but I am sure that they are up to the task because they are so good at hating everyone else that it won’t be too big a step for them .

Cheers Comrades

Driver lacked razor-sharp focus

Regular readers may recall that I copped a bit of flak about a previous post that pointed out that tweeting while at the wheel may be dangerous, well this story makes that look a trivial and rather safe practice by comparison.

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As authorities nationwide warn motorists of the dangers of driving while texting, Florida Keys law enforcement officers add a new caution: Don’t try to shave your privates, either.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at Mile Marker 21 on Cudjoe Key was caused by a 37-year-old woman driver who was shaving her bikini area while her ex-husband took the wheel from the passenger seat.

“She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit,” Trooper Gary Dunick said. “If I wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have believed it. About 10 years ago I stopped a guy in the exact same spot … who had three or four syringes sticking out of his arm. It was just surreal and I thought, ‘Nothing will ever beat this.’ Well, this takes it.”

If that weren’t enough, Megan Mariah Barnes was not supposed to be driving and her 1995 Ford Thunderbird was not supposed to be on the road.

The day before the wreck, Barnes was convicted in an Upper Keys court of DUI with a prior and driving with a suspended license, said Monroe County Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne. Barnes was ordered to impound her car, and her driver’s license was revoked for five years, after which time she must have a Breathalyzer ignition interlock device on any vehicle she drives, Dunne said. Barnes also was sentenced to nine months’ probation.

Cheers Comrades

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